Wednesday, August 16, 2017

An interview with Ola Eriksen, CEO and organiser of AquaNor

An interview with Ola Eriksen, CEO and organiser of AquaNor and Nor-Fishing brings us up to date on this year's event and future plans for Trondheim, Norway





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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

16/08/2017: Gael Force secure prestigious order to supply Marine Harvest Scotland with feed barges

Gael Force Group, trusted Scottish manufacturer and supplier of aquaculture equipment, technology and services, has announced that they have secured a prestigious new order, to build and supply Marine Harvest Scotland with a series of SeaMate 400T concrete feed barges complete with state-of-the-art SeaFeed Offshore Feeding System

The deal marks a milestone moment for the Group, making it their largest ever single order and further endorses the company’s strong position as a leading Scottish manufacturer and supplier to the aquaculture industry.
 

Marine Harvest Barge
Image credit: Gael Force Group

In announcing the news, Gael Force Group MD Stewart Graham said, “ …..in the face of tough competition we are delighted to be favoured with this order from Marine Harvest. We are now building our 80th Feed Barge for the industry, and have been proud to supply all of the main Scottish Salmon producers including many previous barges for Marine Harvest. As a direct consequence of the success of Scottish Salmon we have created many new jobs this year and will continue to recruit on the back of this order. We are grateful to Marine Harvest for placing their order and their trust in Gael Force as a leading Scottish fish farming supplier…”.

He added, “ it can and should be recognised that when all of the stakeholders in our industry, including producers, planners and regulators, work together then we can grow together. It is essential that our regulators take an enabling and proportionate approach to supporting the development of the great Scottish success story that Salmon is. There are huge positive benefits to the wider rural economy and its communities and this order is a great example of that positive impact on the Highland economy. We trust that all necessary support will be given to support the further development of our industry in line with our strategy out to 2030”.

It is not the first time Gael Force has supplied Marine Harvest Scotland with 400T Feed Barges – among other barges previously supplied they took delivery of two 400T SeaMates at their Muck and Colonsay sites which have proven to be extremely effective, with excellent sea keeping characteristics in extreme weather conditions.

Constructed to house 400T nominal feed capacity in six silos, the SeaMate is designed to be sufficiently robust to withstand all reasonably anticipated load combinations and be durable to provide a long, low maintenance service life in the severe marine environment.

Additionally due to the design and construction of the SeaMate feed barges where the bulk of the silo capacity of the barge is below the waterline, this creates a very small visual footprint and high levels of noise suppression above and below the water due to the concrete structure whose walls are 300mm thick.

A number of energy saving initiatives are also being looked at, which include the use of LED lighting and trickle charging from small wind turbines. Feed delivery from the barges will come via Gael Force’s recently developed offshore feeding system, SeaFeed, a robust and reliable system which offers operators a simple and intuitive, but user configurable control software to accurately deliver feed in an energy efficient manner, with low noise output and reduced maintenance requirements.

Farm operator safety and prevention of water ingress are an integral part of SeaFeed’s selector design and there is an emphasis on ensuring the integrity of the barge, with a watertight “homing” position which the swan neck delivery pipe defaults to when not feeding, or when a pipe becomes detached.

SeaFeed’s user friendly software is simply and clearly presented, and offers accurate environmental and feed pattern logging, amongst other great features. The initial three barge order also has options for Marine Harvest to commission further barge construction with Gael Force and allows standardisation of the new site locations that are currently being proposed and developed by Marine Harvest.

The initial order will enable the creation of around 20 new jobs at the Group, adding to the 43 staff that have already joined the company this year, and a doubling of capacity at their Inverness based manufacturing facility which will also assist in accommodating an increased programme of barge builds over the coming two years that also has also included barge build capacity for other Scottish Salmon producers.

Gael Force also anticipates that a minimum of another twelve jobs will be created in the Group’s own supply chain and the wider rural Highland economy.

Gael Force Group are currently attending Aqua Nor; the aquaculture industry’s most prestigious exhibition in Trondheim, Norway, where visitors are being treated to a physical demonstrations of SeaFeed, in addition to their Pen Technology offerings, including SeaSight Underwater Cameras, SeaLight Underwater Lights and SeaGuard Seal Deterrents.


Visit the Gael Force Group website, HERE.

Visit the Marine Harvest Scotland website, HERE.

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

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16/08/2017: Preserving the value of your feed – with MoldCid

One of the most critical factors in global feed and food production is the prevention of post-harvest losses

The post-harvest system encompasses the delivery of a crop from the time and place of harvest to the time and place of consumption, ideally with minimum loss and maximum efficiency. Even under optimal growing and harvesting conditions, immediate post-harvest losses are common.
 
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Prevention is the recommended method to avoid nutrient losses and mycotoxin contamination due to mouldy feeds. This means minimising the microbial spoilage from the time of harvest to the time when the material is finally used.

Using MoldCid for this purpose protects the animals and increases the efficiency of feed production, thereby also reducing feed costs. As a result, the profitability of animal production increases.

Highly effective against moulds
Due to its lipophilic character, the propionic acid-based MoldCid is especially effective against moulds, making it the product of choice for feed preservation. MoldCid is also active at a neutral pH, which more closely matches the native pH value in grain and feed. 


A valuable tool to show the efficacy of MoldCid is the carbon dioxide test. This test measures the volume of CO2 formed by microorganisms in grain. As moulds grow, they consume oxygen from the air and produce CO2.

The higher the amount of CO2, the higher the contamination with moulds in the substrate. As shown in figure 1, the application of MoldCid considerably decreases the CO2 production in grain, giving a clear indication that MoldCid reduces microbial activity and improves feed hygiene.

Health and cost-effectiveness: valid reasons to use MoldCid
Moulds in feed are a serious economic problem because they consume the main nutrients and affect the palatability of the feed. Losses of nutrients caused by moulds can be as high as 10 percent. Especially the crude fat content of grains is affected by mould growth during storage, even more so than proteins and carbohydrates. 


 
Figure credit: Dr Eckel
Losses in metabolisable energy from maize may even reach 25 percent, necessitating the use of additional costly sources of energy, for instance fat and oil, in the formulation. Preventing spoilage by the application of MoldCid will therefore save money and resources.

Apart from nutrient losses, moulds also produce mycotoxins, threatening animal and human health. Many studies in the literature show the detrimental effects of mycotoxins on animal health and performance.

The sensitivity for these effects depends on animal category, age, health status and also duration and level of exposure. Aflatoxins can be transferred into animal tissues and therefore pose a serious risk for the consumer (carry-through-effect). Preventing the build-up of Aflatoxins during storage by preserving the feeds with MoldCid will help to keep these dangers under control.

Protecting workers and equipment – without losing efficacy
The protection of staff and equipment is an important criterion when evaluating mould inhibitors. Companies often face the decision of investing in acid-resistant equipment or having to replace corroded parts regularly. 


 
Figure credit: Dr Eckel
Choosing the non-corrosive MoldCid, a unique blend of buffered propionic acid on a special carrier and propionic acid salts, solves this problem without losing efficacy. MoldCid has the added effect of avoiding chemical reactions between the acid and other ingredients in the feed.It guarantees a reliable and powerful preservation of grain and other raw materials - during harvest, in the feed mill and on the farm (Fig 2).

Application tips
The preservation success depends on a variety of factors. The dosage rate has to be adapted to the type of raw material, moisture content and storage time. MoldCid should be applied before the grain is milled. If the preserved grain is stored outside, it has to be covered, but not before at least three days have elapsed to avoid the formation of condensed water.

Regular sensory control is advisable to detect any spoilage in time. Often, not enough attention is given to the condition of the storerooms. One reason is the poor accessibility of the silos where the feed is stored. The hatch is usually at the top of the silo and routine hygiene inspections and manual cleaning procedures are difficult to perform. Cleaning hatches are also often not available.

Condensation can form on the walls inside of silos and lead to the formation of isolated nests of moulds that may spread through the complete feedstock. For optimal feed hygiene, it is therefore essential to address raw material preservation and silo hygiene at the same time.

The non-corrosive MoldCid is the ideal product to use for these purposes. No technical investments are necessary for application.

Conclusion
Grain preservation with MoldCid can make an important contribution to the improvement of feed hygiene, thereby furthering the production of healthy food. The reduction of mould-induced losses and the prevention of mycotoxin build-up helps to save raw materials, minimise costs, and increase the efficiency of food production.


Read more, HERE.

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This blog is maintained by The Aquaculturists staff and is supported by the
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16/08/2017: World Aquaculture 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

A Report and View of Professor Simon Davies FRSB (Editor, International Aquafeed) 

The World Aquaculture 2017 event in Cape Town, South Africa was the first occasion for its venue in the African continent, with a strong theme underpinning the ethos of sustainable aquatic food production from a variety of production systems including finfish and marine invertebrates of high commercial value over an intensive five days


 
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Sustainable Aquaculture New Frontiers for Economic Growth’ This was the theme that captured this multi-disciplinary industry with sponsors such as the prime gold Sponsor Aller Aqua, feed manufactures based in Denmark that have a strong presence in Africa and a number of session sponsors from leading companies involved in aquatic health, nutrition and fish biology (MSD, Skretting, World Fish).

Many other leading industrial groups such as feed and nutrition companies from across the globe were present and International Aquafeed were of course there to interact and report. The conference setting (Cape Town International Convention Centre) near the impressive wharf and sea front with its modern bars and fine restaurants provided a most professional assemblage of commercial companies, government bodies (The Department of Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa), technologists and numerous students associated with the fish farming industry representing global interests and the socio-economic as well as technological advancement of aquaculture throughout the continent of Africa and beyond.

This annual meeting was co-organised by the Aquaculture Association of Southern Aquaculture Africa (AASA And the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry And Fisheries, DAFF). It also attracted support from World Fish Centre, The African Union and NEPAD amongst others.
 
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The attendance was very good and certainly international as I met many colleagues from various countries, all contributing to the speaking programme of scientific presentations and those representing industry at the large exhibition complex and stands. The focus was clearly on South Africa with its rich potential for developing aquaculture but with much representation internationally for established and emerging technologies in fish and crustacean farming, as well as shellfish and exotic species relevant to other parts of the world with emphasis on South East Asia and beyond.

It was my first opportunity to meet young talented students from Stellenbosch University, famous for agriculture but with a strong fish group working on areas such as fish nutrition and feed technology. I met with a Professor whose company is Africa’s only feed extruder manufacturer with bespoke equipment for fish feed production suited to local species but with much potential for export into Europe, for advanced fish feed production.

The trade show and exhibitors were very busy with a great attendance in full flow with many key areas covered with an array of specialist equipment and products on display. More than 2,000 delegates from across the global aquaculture industry and related sectors registered for the event, comprising a good number of local students from Colleges and Universities in South Africa, Africa and beyond to whom I was able to meet and chat.

The trade show encompassed some 90 exhibitors in the main hall and a separate function and lecture halls was available for the academic sessions running in parallel. There was a very wide ranging display of posters from academia reflecting many of the specialised topics with a strong research focus mainly the work of postgraduate students from leading universities and colleges from all over the world in all manner of disciplines embracing mainly the aquaculture biosciences.

On the nutrition front, the Nutreco owned Skretting feed company (Skretting Africa) was fully behind the conference in Cape Town. It funded and hosted a special seminar at the event, called 'Tilapia Nutrition Symposium' that focused particularly on tilapia feeds, feed ingredients and nutrition and was chaired by Dr Arjen Roem, Technical Director at Skretting Africa and Dr Lourens De Wet, Director of Nutrition Hub (formerly University of Stellenbosch).


Visit the World Aquaculture Society website, HERE.

Read the full report, HERE.

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Amandus Kahl company profile



More than 130 years of experience in plant and machine manufacture have made Amandus Kahl a respected manufacturer and supplier of extruders, compound feed presses, wood pelleting plants or granulate coolers, for example.

The company’s motivation has always been to develop an even better product for their customers. For this reason they cooperate with research institutes and universities. You can always be sure that they will supply you an optimally customised wood pelleting plant, grain cooking plant, waste-tyre recycling plant etc.

Their scope of services also comprises maintenance and repair of the compacting machines, compound feed presses, extruders and wood pelleting plants as well as all other products they offer in their company.

Visit the website HERE.

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AquaNor 2017 opening ceremony - LIVE!

The International Aquafeed team are in Trondheim, Norway for the 2017 AquaNor event. Here we bring you the opening ceremony live! 


Norwegian Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg opens this year's AquaNor in Trondheim and outlines the importance of aquaculture, its responsibilities and is significant future potential in in opening remarks

The Mayor of Trondheim Rita Irene Ottervik recalls the significant development of AquaNor and the impact it has had locally both on business and on education.



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Monday, August 14, 2017

15/08/2017: BioMar celebrates 10 years of strategic sustainability with BioSustain

Today at Aqua Nor 2017, the BioMar Group takes a moment to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BioSustain™ concept with a rooftop party at their new offices in Norway

Sustainability has long been in the DNA of BioMar however the development of BioSustain firmly established the company as the forerunner in driving sustainable innovation through collaborative partnerships in the aquaculture industry. 


 
BioSustain
Image credit: BioMar Group
“At BioMar we are proud of our long history in sustainability”, said Carlos Diaz, CEO BioMar Group, “over a decade ago we recognised the need to find sustainable solutions to fishmeal and fish oil and believed that ‘profit through sustainability’ was possible.”

It was BioMar who pioneered the introduction of extruded fish feed in the 1960’s, which enabled a significant reduction on the negative impact to the local water environment.

BioMar created ECOLINE which was the first declared environmentally friendly fish feed in the world, winning the Danish Environmental Award in 1988. Already in 1997 sustainability had become a core strategic pillar for the company and by the launch of the BioSustain concept in 2007, at the Brussels seafood exhibition, BioMar had already established themselves as innovators in the fish feed industry.

The BioSustain concept is the foundation for BioMar’s extensive work and covers sustainability across all three dimensions; economy, environment and society. BioSustain is a dynamic platform that continues to adapt to the fluid environment of stakeholder demands in the aquaculture industry.

It was developed in collaboration with BASF and in parallel with DNV’s ProSustain program and today at Aqua Nor 2017, BioMar Group celebrates the 10 year anniversary of this initiative.

The project was born out of the need to reduce the dependence on marine based fishmeal and fish oil and the original concept focused on fish feed solutions for salmon.

“It has long since been possible to replace fishmeal with other protein sources, but we didn’t stop there -We continue to push the innovation frontier and today we can produce fish feeds with zero inclusion of marine ingredients where the fish oil is replaced with microalgae, omega-3 in their native form”, explains Carlos Diaz.

BioMar Group has been a leader in global aquaculture sustainability for over a decade and they continue to raise the bar higher. The next evolution in their BioSustain program is the creation of a fully integrated tool for tracking and measuring sustainability at the sourcing side of the value chain.

“We are currently working on Triple S (Sustainable Solution Steering), which will fundamentally change the way we source raw materials and give us full transparency so that we can measure sustainability at the origin of the value chain,” explains Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director, BioMar Group.

When completed, Triple S will be the first of its kind in the aquaculture industry and will continue BioMar Group’s long tradition of being at the forefront of the aquaculture sustainable agenda.


Visit the BioMar Group website, HERE.

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

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